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Mississippi River State Water Trail: Palisade to Brainerd

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North Central MN; Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Brainerd Area Office
(218) 833-8710

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The river is quiet from Palisade to Brainerd, allowing for a relaxing trip through both farmland and forested areas, with good opportunities to see wildlife and catch fish.

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This segment is part of the Mississippi Headwaters River Trail, which consists of the first 420 miles of the river.

This section of the river has no major rapids and does not require experienced paddling skills. About rapids classes.

NOTICE! Hassman campsite at river mile 1071.2(L) no longer exists due to major erosion.


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